Finnish Highlights

Helsinki, Porvoo, Turku & Tuusula
5 days
May - Sep
Itinerary
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This short driving tour takes you from Helsinki to the delightful smaller towns of Porvoo, Turkeu, Naantali and Tuusula so you can experience the quieter, more leisurely side of Finland. Extra nights can be added at any of the towns along the way including in Helsinki.  

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Day 1:        ARRIVAL HELSINKI
Arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa airport and pick-up your rental car. Drive to Helsinki to explore the city. We recommend a visit to some of the most important sights such as the Senate Square, the Uspenskij Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument and the Temppeliaukio church. Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar.

Day 2:        HELSINKI –  PORVOO (55 KM)
In the morning explore more of Helsinki. We recommend a visit to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, included in Unesco’s Word Heritage List. Founded in 1748, the fortress is just 15 minutes by ferry from Helsinki Market Square. Then drive to Porvoo, which is the second oldest town of Finland. The driving route follows part of the King’s Road, which is the most significant travel route in the Nordic countries, and follows an old postal route. The road has been used by kings and their couriers, bishops and townsmen, artists and armies ever since the 1300s. Mansions, farms, taverns, alehouses and inns that housed and accommodated travellers arose all along the King's Road, Today the King's Road is a network of fascinating travel services and some stretches of the original road are still in use. On the way to Porvoo, perhaps visit Haikko Manor, the home of the famous painter Albert Edelfelt and the old church of Sipoo, built in the 15th century. Arrive in Porvoo and walk in the Old Town, with its well-preserved wooden houses, visit the medieval church, and the Town Hall Square. Accommodation at Pariisin Ville Hotel or similar.

Day 3:        PORVOO –TURKU (215 KM)
 Depart from Porvoo, and drive to the oldest town of Finland and former capital, Turku, located on the shores of river Aura. The southwest of Finland has the oldest cultural tradition of any region. It is where the recorded history of Finland begins, and where the oldest traces of habitation have been found. The driving route to Turku contunes along the King’s Road, or you can also take the deviation to Hanko, to visit Finland’s southernmost point. Then on to Turku,  famous for it's active cultural scene, maritime atmosphere and for the beauty of the extensive archipelago region. We recommend visits to the Castle of Turku from the XIII century, the Luostarinmäki outdoor & crafts museum, and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova - museum complex. Or drive to Ruissalo Island in Turku, for a tour of the island, and visit to the Botanical Gardens of the University of Turku. Accommodation at Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone Turku or similar.

Day 4:        TURKU – NAANTALI – TUUSULA (200 KM)
Today continue with a short drive to Naantali, called Finland’s official summer holiday city because the Kultaranta estate, the summer residence of the President of Finland is located here. The Moomin World theme park makes Naantali a top spot for children and families. Walk in the Old town of Naantali, see the mediaeval church and visit the gardens with 3,500 roses at Kultaranta estate. Later, drive to Tuusula, and the Krapi Estate, which comprises a hotel, restaurants, a chimneyless sauna and a large park area offering a wide variety of activities. Krapi is located right at the start of the first Finnish museum road (Tuusula Rantatie). The homes of many famous artists of the turn of the century, who were actively involved in the forming of the Finnish national identity, can be found along this road. Accommodation at Krapi Hotel or similar.

Day 5:        TUUSULA – HELSINKI – VANTAA AIRPORT DEPARTURE (15 KM)
Enjoy the peace of the Krapi area or visit some of the many cultural sights and museums along the road Tuusulan Rantatie. Drive to Helsinki's Vantaa airport and return the rental car.

Departures: daily May - September

Extra nights can be added to any overnight destination - please enquire

Includes: 4 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in centrally located 3 star hotels; manual rental car Class C VW Golf or similar for 5 x 24 hour days or total 120 hours starting from time of pick up including CDW, unlimited mileage, theft protection and taxes.

Excludes: upgrade to automatic car, GPS, any other car surcharges, petrol.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1138.00
Single AUD$ 2174.00

Includes: 4 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in centrally located 3 star hotels; manual rental car Class C VW Golf or similar for 5 x 24 hour days or total 120 hours starting from time of pick up including CDW, unlimited mileage, theft protection and taxes.

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